Education and Training

The majority of IAA members have advanced academic degrees in medical, dental, and allied health fields. Many have an extensive art background in addition to the medical sciences. Individuals interested in a career in anaplastology should go to the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology for specific coursework which can prepare an individual for entry level positions. Below you can pursue descriptions of academic programs and associations that offer either degree programs or coursework applicable to the field of anaplastology within the framework of their curricula. Please contact these programs directly for more information. While there is no dedicated college level degree program for the position and title of anaplastologist, there is course curricula that supply some but not all of the training required to be a Certified Clinical Anaplastologist and work professionally. 

These programs lead to a degree or certificate in:

  • Prosthetics/3D Model design
  • Orthotics/Prosthetics
  • Ocularistry
  • Medical Illustration
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Prosthodontics/Maxillofacial Prosthodontics 
The following educational institutions offer programs related to anaplastology:
  • Columbia University Dept. of Dentistry and Oral Surgery/Bronx VA Medical Center

  • Gesellschaft fuer Chirurgische Prothetik und Epithetik: European mentorship leading to certification in the field of facial and somato prosthetics

  • Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists: European international organization overseeing the training, qualification and practice of the maxillofacial prosthetist and technologist (IMPT)

  • Johns Hopkins University The Facial Prosthetics/Anaplastology Clinic in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine of the School of Medicine offers a Supervised Training Program in Clinical Anaplastology. This program is open to all qualified domestic as well as international candidates interested in gaining educational and clinical training exposure in the field of clinical Anaplastology. The curriculum is flexible and is offered as a focused period of study for a concentrated period of time, as well as a longer comprehensive curriculum lasting two semesters. Currently, students have the option of focusing their period of study to include either facial or ocular prosthetics, or both.

  • Kings College London, UK, Maxillofacial & Craniofacial Technology A 2-year Masters of Science program in Maxillofacial & Craniofacial Technology for both overseas and UK applicants. The program covers: anatomy, histology, pathology of the dental, oral and facial tissues, research methodology, intra/extra oral implantology, materials science, oncology, craniofacial abnormalities, digital technology. treatment planning, restoration of missing tissues, clinical and laboratory procedures, surgical planning techniques, in depth research project.

  • UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetic Technician and Maxillofacial Prosthetics Residency Program

  • University of Illinois Biomedical Visualization Please note: This program is currently not accepting new students; hopefully, this will change in the near future.  This web site will reflect the current status of the program as we find out additional information.  University of Illinois Medical Center, College of Applied Health Sciences, Biomedical Visualization Program, Chicago, IL. A 2-year graduate program resulting in a Masters of Arts and Science degree (MAMS) with a specialty tract in anaplastology. This tract is offered in collaboration with the University of Illinois Craniofacial Center in the College of Medicine and provides clinical training.

The following is a list of professional organizations offering Continuing Education (*Please note: Continuing education opportunities offered by these professional organizations may or may not be anaplastology related.):

*If you are aware of any other programs, please contact us.